Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Concentration in Cyber Security



The Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Concentration in Cyber Security program includes advanced work in information technology with a specialization in cyber security. The focus of the program is on the development of concepts, knowledge and skills that enables successful participants to become experts in the area of information security, internet crime prevention, and digital crime investigation. The goal of this program is to develop highly qualified technical experts to meet the demands of the national, regional and international workplace for information and network security.

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Program Recognition

  • The program is approved by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Furthermore, some of the undergraduate programs offered by the College of Technological Innovation are accredited by:


Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Concentration in Cyber Security

Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students take an intensive one-day orientation seminar. The orientation offers a number of workshops to introduce students to the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.


The curriculum is designed to combine a rich theoretical foundation with a strong laboratory component to provide students with lifelong learning capabilities and marketable skills for today‘s job market. The computer laboratory facilities supporting many of the courses consist of the state-of-the-art equipment, combining the best of breed in hardware and software platforms. The aim is to give students a first-hand experience with many of the tools in demand today.

 Year One

  • SEC501 Research Methods
  • SEC505 Information Security
  • SEC508 Network Systems Administration
  • SEC530 Cyber Forensics
  • SEC510 Information Security, Policy, Ethics and Law
  • SEC515 Network and Internet Security

Year Two

  • SEC535 Advanced Cyber Forensics
  • SEC538 Small Scale Digital Device Forensics
  • SEC540 Database and Enterprise Application Security
  • SEC520 Information Security Management
  • SEC545 Penetration Testing and Advanced Hacking Techniques
  • SEC599 Independent Research* or CIT Elective**

*Graduate students in the program optionally complete a research component that combines knowledge developed in the courses with a literature survey to investigate a specific problem of significance in the field.

**Elective courses have been added to the program. These courses include (depending on University resources and student demand):

  • SEC570 Advanced Network Security
  • SEC575 Cyber Crime and Criminal Behavior
  • SEC579 Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis
  • SEC595 Independent Study
  • SEC596 Cyber Security Project
  • SEC597 Special Topics in Cyber Security

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Course Delivery

Course Duration

The program is delivered in English over a period of 4 semesters at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and/or Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

The in-class room instruction for each course is conducted face-to-face during two evenings on either Sunday and Tuesday, or Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. over a period of five weeks.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of our website.


  • Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities.
  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university.
  • IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0 or an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT.
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently working in the information technology or related fields.

For more information on the admission requirements and application procedure, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.

Program Cost

AED 96,000 (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the ICT Fund scholarship and the application process please visit the Graduate Student Support section of our website.

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website. 

Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a Master's degree.


ZU"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to study and work in the field of cyber security. I chose to enroll in Zayed University’s internationally accredited Master of Science in Information Technology Concentration in Cyber Security program because of the institution’s excellent academic reputation. I was also drawn to the curriculum taught by highly qualified, experienced faculty in outstanding facilities. There are good opportunities to network and to develop personally. These combined factors makes me looking forward to every class lecture."

Musaab Mohammad Saleh Hasan
Cohort 10
Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Concentration in Cyber Security

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